This year, the OPM management period corresponded with the first national COVID-19 lockdown. Lockdown saw many significant impacts including the increased use of greenspace by the public, as well as redistribution of resources and staff within organisations, and changes to the availability of tree services. COVID-19 may therefore have affected the way that people who work with tree health managed oak processionary moth (OPM).
Forest Research is conducting a survey to capture information about any of these impacts across the sector, including the views of tree officers, contractors, site managers, and those with strategic responsibility for OPM management. The evidence collected will help the OPM Control Programme (OPMCP) understand more about any changes to risk assessments, planned operations and the capacity to respond to OPM outbreaks under these extraordinary circumstances.
The survey has 25 questions which should take you about 10-15 minutes to complete. To respond please click through on this link:
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Knowing more about OPM management in the 2020 season is very important to